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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Ustream Monday - June 2

Where has this month gone?  It is already the first of the month again, and you know what that means!  Come hang out with me Monday night, June 2 at 8:30 p.m. EST on Ustream.   The channel name is:

This month we will be working with the new Teresa Collins Urban Market Collection. 

Thank you to Scrapbooking With M.E. Boutique
for sponsoring this event.
This month's kit included
We also offered an add on kit

I thinking of doing a Mini Album this month since there is so many yummy products to work with!
Keep in mind that I have NO IDEA what I'm making at this point. Just been brain storming some things.  However, I will give a follow up post after the show with a detailed product list.   I like to have the following things within arms reach just in case..
  1. A basic tool kit
    • Paper Trimmer
    • Scissors
    • Adhesive (I use  Hot glue, Score tape, Tombo Mono Adhesive, Matt Medium and ATG the most)
    • A writing pen in black and white ink
    • Archival Ink Pad in Jet Black
  2. For this project I'm thinking of using standard 6x9 envelopes in white (you can find them most anywhere), or you can make them with paper.
  3. Some kind of binding system. I'm going to use a Cinch, but you could use Bind It All, or even Jump Rings.
  4. I like to have a selection of punches (just use what you have in your stash)  border punches, shape punches.  If I use something that you don't have then let the Boutique know and they can order it for you. 
  5. I like to use my dies to add interesting shapes to my albums (although this may be rare).  I will list the ones I use after the show.
  6. Mists -  Suggestions  Heidi Swapp - Navy Color Shine,  Gold Lame Color Shine, or Tattered Angel's Silver Glimmer Mist are my suggestions.
The Boutique's design team will be creating with this kit all month to give extra ideas on fabulous ways to use the left over product.  I hope you can join us live, but we will do our best to record! 
Thanks for stopping in today,
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Friday, May 30, 2014

Masculine Layout Tips

Well this is my last post of the month, and I issued everyone a challenge to create masculine  projects. The scrapbooking industry is full of products for feminine designs and it is sometimes a challenge to create for the men in your life. All month Peggy and I have been sharing some great projects over on the Artsy Addicts blog, that I hope have inspired you. Today I thought I would recap some tips on how I set out to create Masculine layouts.
1)  Dig around in your stash for items that have a neutral theme and color.   I like to select colors that are blue, red, neutrals (grey, tan, brown, black, white) and green.  Not that there is any kind of rule to sticking to a color, I just find that these colors help my focus stay masculine.
2)  Look for embellishments in your stash that are not gender specific, like the Dictionary Tissue Tape from Tim Holtz, Star Sequins, and chevron designs, notebook paper, cameras, arrows, tickets, labels, wood veneers and tags. Metal accents are awesome for Masculine projects.
3) Select papers that lean more on the masculine side.  Like the Heidi Swapp No Limits papers - which were actually travel papers, but you can't tell after it was used and the Echo Park Note to Self (which has a lot of things you can fussy cut to add interest to your layout).
 Here is a process video of me making the layout!
Here is the finished layout. 

My son's girlfriend said to me yesterday "I like that this layout is very masculine, but still has a lot of sparkle!"   Don't be afraid to use sparkle elements or even flowers on a masculine layout - just don't over do it!  
I hope this post has helped you with ideas on creating masculine projects.
Thanks for stopping in today,
Tonya Gibbs


Heidi Swapp  - No Limits Paper collection
Heidi Swapp - Confetti Stencil 6x6
7 Gypsies Paddington clear stamp
7 Gypsies - Postale Index Cards7 Gypsies - Naked Index Cards
7 Gypsies - Library Drawer - Tabbed Dividers - Naked Tabs
My Mind's Eye - Everyday Funday kraft - Everyday Fun stamps
My Mind's Eye - Find Your Wings & Fly - Stamps
Tim Holtz - Idea-ology - dictionary tissue tape
Tim Holtz - Idea-ology - Tiny Attacher
Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Frameworks Border Die Chevron
Studio Calico - Wood Veneer Hearts & Arrows
Studio Calico - Wood Veneer School Days Speech Bubbles
Ranger Ink - Archival Ink Vermillion
Cosmo Cricket - Glitter Adhesive Sheets  Red, Blue, Silver
Fiskars Circle Punch - 1.75 Inches
Marvy Circle Punch - 2 Inches
Washi - Red Chevron
Prima Wood Veneer Camera
Black Sharpie
EK Success Zig Writer
Clear Glitter Nail Polish
Star Sequins
Grid Line Index Cards
Color Box Pigment Stamp Ink Silver
Color Smart Pigment Stamp Ink White
Hampton Art - 7 Gypsies - Clear Acrylic Stamps - Varsity
Hampton Art Rubber Stamp A Day To Remember Numbers
Echo Park  Note to Self

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Nirvana Mini Album by Tonya Gibbs

WOW this mini is jammed tight with lots of Marion Smith Design Products, and tons of techniques.  Yep - I'm still on a gold kick and wait until you see how these gold accents really bring this album to life.  I used the Nirvana Collection, scraps from several digital kits, Junque & Gems, all of  Marion's stamps, Marion's Dies, Bloom Impression Tool and some of the resin pieces on this mini.






Over the last few months, I've shared several tutorials that have led to the making of this mini.
Last week  I shared a tutorial on creating flowers with Marion's new Bloom Impression Tool.  This flower uses the Bloom Tool & Marion's Large Rose Petal Die, and Leaves & Stamens Die.  

A few weeks ago,  I shared how I made a Garden Mother's Day card, and used that same technique to create the section hinges.  and the pockets on the inside cover.

Here are a few of my favorite spreads

In January I shared with you  Wooden Ticket tutorial. I think these little tickets look awesome with your embellishment clusters.

Here is a complete walk through video of this little mini so you can see each page!

If you missed those other posts, I hope you  get to take a peek soon.

Thanks for stopping in today
Tonya Gibbs
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Friday, May 23, 2014

Quick Baby Shower Card


Hi everyone, I have a simple little card to share with you today.  Our theme this month is masculine. So I thought I would share a simple little baby shower card that I created using the scraps from the "Spread Your Wings and Fly" kit to create a card.

This is the outside of the card.  I only used scraps from the paper collection. Small pieces of scraps when torn on the edge, create a nice washi tape look.  


I decided to decorate the inside of the card with the remaining scraps.  You could easily make this for any occasion or gender by just changing out the sentiment.  
Don't forget to post your masculine projects in the Artsy Addicts Facebook page.  I can't wait to see what you create! 
Thanks for stopping in today. 
Tonya Gibbs.
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Thursday, May 22, 2014

You Are Loved Layout using Die-Namite Dies

Hi everyone, over on the Die-Namites blog today I'm sharing a layout that I created of me and my daughter Brittany. 

Here are the Die-namties Dies that I used for this layout.
Here is a process video of me making this gorgeous layout.

Supplies Used:
  • Die-Namites Dies
  • Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft PITT Big Brush Artist Pens
    • Medium Flesh  131
    • Green Gold 268
    • Cold Grey VI 235
    • Light Cobalt Turquoise 154
    • May Green 170
    • Phthalo Blue 110
    • Dark Sepia 175
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists
    • Dried Hydrangea
    • Honey Dew Melon
    • Cherub Pink
  • Heidi Swapp
    • Gold Lame Color Shine
    • Heart Lattice Stencil
  • Recollections
    • Microbeads
    • Resin Bird Houses
  • Prima - Shabby Chic Resin Birds
  • Liquitex
    • Gesso Prep Surface
    • Light Modeling Paste
  • Krylon - Gold Metalic Spray Paint
  • Glitz - Giant Roller Doodle Triangles
  • Ranger 
    • Archival Jet Black Ink
    • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Vintage Photo
  • Stampabilities - Faded Script Stamp
  • EK Success - 1" Circle Punch
  • Tim Holtz Idea-o-logy - Word Plate
  • Fab Scraps -  Flat back Pearls
  • Amy Tangerine - "Yes Please" Roller stamp
  • 7Gypsies  - Library Drawer Naked Tabs

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Bloom Impression Tool Tutorial

Hi everyone, I'm so excited to bring you a few tips and techniques for using Marion's new Bloom Impression Tool.  Look at at these beautiful flowers you can make in just a few minutes.

I thought I would share a few tips beyond Marion's already amazing video tutorial. In today's tutorial we will make the flower on the right. However, the flower on the left follows the same steps, just a different petal shape.

Remember these simple things before getting started. 
  • Papers 20lb - 80lb  work best.  The flower being demonstrated below is made from 80lb white cardstock paper with no texture.  The flower above on the left was made from standard 20lb copy paper.    If your paper is too thick then it will be difficult for the paper to shape.
  • Paper should not be too wet!  It simply needs to be lightly misted. Thicker papers may require more moisture than thinner papers.  If the paper is too thin and too wet, it may rip when using the tool.
  • For both flowers above I used Marion's New Bloom Impression Dies  the flower on the right was the Rose Petal die, and the Flower on the left was the Peony Die.

Here are the steps.  Since Marion has already done a video tutorial, I thought I would do a written tutorial with my special tips. 

  1. Start with 5 large petals, 5 small petals, 2 leaves,  7 stamens  (6 colored the desired stamen color and 1 colored the same as your flower color)
  2. Mist your hand with water or your favorite watercolor spray.  By spraying your hand you will avoid excess moisture on your petals. Wetting the paper loosens the starches in the paper and allows the paper to be more pliable. When the paper dries, the starches help to keep the shape of your petal.   Too much moisture will cause the paper to rip.  The petal should be cool to the touch.  If the paper is soaked it will rip in the tool. It may take some practice getting the right ratio.  I have found 1 spray with a fine mist is perfect.   
  3. Pat the petal in you palm rotating it to saturate both sides.
  4. Place the petal over the hole of the bottom of the tool, I made sure mine went all the way to the rim of the acryclic. It is ok if the petal is over the edge a bit. 

  1. Carefully place the top onto the petal pressing it firmly in place.
  2. twist the tool back and forth 2 times is enough.
  3. open the cap to see the bowl shaped petal
  4. This is a look at the smaller petal (You can see a gap around the edges - this ok)  Repeat steps 5-7

  1. Here is the shape of the smaller petal after twisting the tool.
  2. This is a close up of the larger petal after twisting the tool.  You can see a side by side comparison of how the two have different size petals yield a different shape using the same technique.
  3. Repeat steps 2-7 until all 10 petal shapes have been molded.
  4. Use the stamen that is your flower color to build out your first base. I used hot glue for the sake of time, but a quick dry wet glue can be used instead.

  1. Place a small amount of glue on one arm of the stamen, and place your large flower so that the cup barrels outward.
  2. This is how your first flower petal will look.  If you prefer you can place the stamen to the inside of the flower rather the outside.  This would give a cleaner look to the bottom of your flower.  The stamen will be invisible when the flower is complete.
  3. Overlap your next petal gluing it at the base
  4. Continue until all 5 large petals have been glued into place. Slightly overlapping one top of the other. 

  1. To start the inside row, off set your first petal between two petals on the back row. 
  2. Continue layering the next petal slightly overlapping the first until all 5 small petals have been added.
  3. I used Copic marker Y32 to color my remaining stamens, I colored 6 or 7 for the next step. 
  4. Adhere your first stamen flat to the inside of your flower shape.  This will offer a nice base for your stamen cluster. 

  1. Gather the petals of the stamen in the center and apply a small amount of glue to the back of the stamen (BE VERY CAREFULL IF YOU ARE USING HOT GLUE)
  2. Add the Next stamen on top of the glue
  3. Repeat steps 21 - 22 until the desired thickness of your flower center is achieved.
  4. The stamens now look like a cluster.

  1. Add your stamen cluster on top of the flat stamen inside your flower center.
  2. You can leave the center alone, or dress it up a bit more with a pearl, rhinestone, piece of jewelry or a button. Be creative and make your flowers unique.   I used a pale yellow rhinestone (basically because I have tons in my stash that never seem to get used.  I made it match the stamens better by coloring it with the Green Gold PITT Artist Pen #268.
  3. Cup your leaves the same way you did your petals in steps 2 -  9. 
  4. This is how the leaves look when you remove them from the bowl.

  1. Place the cupped shape over the bottom of your flower. Make sure you can see the leaves when the flower is turned over. You may have to glue it close to the edge.  
  2. I like to include a few petals for better composition and have them overlap like we did the flower petals. 

Here is a glimpse at the finished flower.   Top and side view. 

It really is super easy to create flowers now using this tool.  I look forward to sharing additional flower tutorials with you soon.   I have a few ideas for different techniques.    

Did you hear that the tool is now available at  Get your's while supplies last!  

If you have this tool, we would love to see the flowers you create   #MarionSmithDesigns or #BloomImpressionTool in your social media outlets. 

If you have any other questions or need more info on this tool, please leave them in the comments, and a DT member will try and get back with you.  

Thanks for stopping in today,

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Joining the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Team

I am so excited to announce that I have been selected as a Member of the Summer 2014 Guest Design Team for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft.   I can not wait to begin this creative journey.  I plan to share lots of tutorials on ways to use their amazing Product lines.
Make sure you are following their blog so that you don't miss a single post.  The other members of the team are so talented, and I encourage you to visit their blogs and sub to them also. 
My brain is in hyper drive right now with ideas, and I can't wait to get started sharing them with you!
Thanks for stopping in today,
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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Exciting News About Our Ustreams

I'm super excited today to share with you that I have now partnered with Scrapbooking With M.E. Boutique to bring you  Tonya Gibbs Live Ustreams.  We will continue to meet the first Monday of Each Month at 8:30 p.m. EST.  So go through your calendar and save the First Monday!

In addition to our kits, the Boutique has all the latest and greatest products for you to purchase.  They also have a Brick and Mortar store in Alabama.  If you are in the area - make sure you stop by and purchase from them!

Each month our Ustream will feature a monthly kit as well as various other items from the store. Everyone who purchases a kit will be able to follow along and see various ideas of how to use the items in the kit.  We are trying to keep the base kits under $40 retail.  There may be months where  additional supplies are needed, or extra goodies are not included from the collection, so we will  offer a second add-on kit. The add-on kits will be optional and not necessary to complete the project.  

THEN AS A BONUS - I will post additional projects on my Blog and YouTube to finish off that month's kit.  The Boutique DT will also use the products in their kit to share with you on the Boutique's blog.   This will help you to use all those products you  just purchased!

Kit purchases are not necessary to join in on the Ustream fun!  However, The Boutique will be hosting give-a-ways on each of her live UStream broadcast.  So please come join us in the fun!

Our next class will be June 2, 2014.  Kits have already sold out for this class.  Supplies were limited by the distributor - apparently this collection was HOT everywhere!  Just so you know - we will be using the Urban Market Collection from Teresa Collins.  If you want the kit - just let Edith or Melina know. If supplies become available again, they may be able to accommodate you.

FOR THE 411 - Make sure you are following this blog! And go over to the Boutique's blog  and follow them.  They keep you updated with sales, announcements and BIG GIVE-A-WAY'S.  Their online store is closed Facebook group. Ask to join if you are a new member:   Kits will also be available on their blog for those who do not participate in Facebook. 

We are working on the July kit now and details will be available soon -  make sure to check the blogs daily.  You will have your kits prior to the show so that you can follow along!
I want to close with an Extra Special Thank You to  for their support of this show from the beginning.  I love Suzanne to death! Her friendship, and business support mean the world to me.   I would never have started this journey without her guidance, and continued faith in me.

Thanks for stopping in today,


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Monday, May 12, 2014

Birthday Card and Die-Namites May Challenge

Happy Mother's Day -  I hope you have an amazing day today!
I've created a card using the sketch from the May Sketch & Dare Challenge.

Have you submitted your project for the Die-Namites May Sketch & Dare challenge?  
Don't let the time get away from you!

Rules can be found here!  What are you waiting for?  

 You have until the last day of the month to post your creation on your blog,
with mention of the Die~Namites Die used and a link back to the Die~Namites Dies blog.
Link your blog post, using Inlinkz, to the Die~Namites Die blog.

 A random winner will be chosen from eligible participants for a
$25 Gift Certificate to the Die~Namites Dies.

Here is a glimpse at the sketch.

For today's card I used three dies from Die-Namites 

The Spring Doily is so delicate and creates the perfect background for my floral spray.  I used standard weight copy paper to cut the doily so that it would remain soft and light weight. 

Before die-cutting my Winter Bouquet flowers, I Pre-Gessoed the cardstock.  Then used my Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft pens to color them.   I love how they look variegated in yellow, orange and pink.  To smooth the colors together, I spritz them and the focal point flower with the Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Gold Lume!  (YES, I'm still on a midas kick). 

I cut the branches off the Leafy Branch and adhered them around a glue dot in multiple layers to create the flower in the focal point of my card.  To finish off all of my flower centers I added a Webster's Pages Sparkler.

I love how my focal flower mimics the same shape as the sunflowers in the Winter Bouquet Die.
I can't wait to see what you create with this sketch challenge and dare.

Thanks for stopping in today,

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